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Farmer's Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 8/15/2013 10:12pm by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday, August 17th

Hello everyone.  We will have a great selection of locally grown items this week.

As mentioned last week, peaches are here, so get them while you can at the Zang, Kistaco and Greenawalt stands.

The farmers tell me that the weather is really hurting the tomato crop this year.  They are slow to ripen, and this recent cool weather has not helped.  But the farmers tell me that this week they will have tomoatos in sufficient quantities for canning.  Yeah!  Check out the Kistaco, Greenawalt and Zang stands.

Please see below for a cheese update and an update from Bandy Woodworks.

See you at the market.

David Lagnese

The Update....


Well it's that favorite meat time of year when the Kennedy Kids' 4-H livestock projects have come to fruition and are freshly available for you all to purchase in our meat stand over the next 2 months.

- PORK...loin chops...shoulder/butt...sausages...

- limited so please call w details of what you need

***We were both successful at and grateful for the past Butler Farm Show week's events. Lots of stories and great meat projects as Taylor won reserve grand champion market beef steer....first place in beef showmanship...first place lamb in class and placed in top 6.... supreme breeding gilt hog...Jake had 2nd place in class steer...a 3rd place in class steer...first place in dairy hogs in 1st-3rd place...and 2nd in class lambs. We thank all you well-wishers and want you to know what a privilege it is for this farm family to be able to bring you the most top-quality meat projects.year when the Kennedy Kids' 4-H livestock projects have come to fruition and are freshly available for you all to purchase in our meat stand over the next 2 months.

The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.
Greenawalt Farm

Brian will be driving around Somerset County on Friday looking for locally grown items.  I expect he will have watermellons (probably), rhubarb, green beans, sweet corn, onions (several varieties) leeks, hot peppers and green peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, cukes, pickles, peaches, nectarines, fresh garlic, cabbage, tomatoes (several varieties), new potatoes (white, yukon gold and red), fresh herbs including shiso.  Brian also has freshly grown, dried herbs.

Greenawalt's always have fresh local eggs and many types of Amish canned items and dried beans. They also have some cured meat items from Lancaster County- bacon and kielbasa.

Kistaco Farm

The Kistaco Farm stand will have:

Rambo Apples
Paula Red Apples
Earligold Apples
White Freestone Peaches
Yellow Freestone Peaches
Tomatoes (lots of volume and variety)
Peppers (also lots of volume and variety)

And bread from Wood Street Bread Co.

Zang's Greenhouse...Rick will have Chambersburg peaches, watermellons, blackberries, swiss chard, shallots, leeks, tomatoes, pickles, cukes, candy onions, fresh garlic, green beans, beets, several varieties of lettuce, micro greens, zucchini, 2 varieties of cabbage, sweet corn, cauliflower, mushrooms, blueberries.  

New items for this week include Roma tomatoes, satuma plums and kidney beans.
From California-  Valencia oranges, lemons and limes.

Kew Park Coffee Bar-
  We have a fresh batch of beans that were roasted by Commonplace Coffee Roasters. I spoke with Peter Williams the proprietor of Kew Park Estate and he said that the coffee is doing really well this year.  He said it will be a very large and high quality crop this year.  That's great since we are almost out of green beans and pretty close to being ready for a new shipment.  He thinks harvest will start on the next month or so.

PA Made Cheese-   This week I visited Birchrun Hills Farm.  The farm is located in Chester Springs, PA which is in Chester County.  We were visiting relatives in Reading so it was only a short distance away. The farm is in a beautiful area that has many 19th and 18th century buildings.  Part of the farm house itself dates to the early 1700's.  Its just a beautiful part of Pennsylvania, very different from the western side of the state with so many old and historic buildings.

My wife Cristy and I spent some time with farmer, and cheese maker Sue Miller.  Her's is a typical story of a farming family that got into cheese making as a way to keep the family dairy farm going.  Well Sue has developed into quite a cheese maker.  I first tried it at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.  I tried the Fat Cat, which is a washed rind cheese, and it was love at first bite.  I have received a few shipments for the market, but the problem is that its become so popular that she can't make it fast enough. So I thought a personal visit would help.  Sure enough, Sue agreed to send me a monthly shipment of the Fat Cat and the Birchrun Blue.  So I hope to have a pretty steady supply of this wonderful cheese.  Please stop by and try some and check out their website:

In additon, we will have a wide assortment of locally made cheese including aged sheep milk cheese and Halloumi made by Riverview Dairy.  I visited the sheep cave last week to inspect the cheese.  We now have about 140 wheels of sheep and goat cheese in the cave.  The hydrometers are still showing perfect conditions- 55 degrees and 95% humidity.   The cheese is reacting well to the environment.  It is growing a fuzzy white mold, which is a good thing.  The wheels are staying moist and not cracking.  The first batch of "Young" pecorino (sheep milk cheese) will be ready in mid September.

The Greek Gourmet-
 will have homemade spinach and meat pies at the market each week- in addition to 20+ flavors of hummus.  Stop by and talk to Jack at the booth.

BANDY Woodworks BANDY Woodworks will have will have a new batch of honey locust serving boards and end-grain cutting boards this week.  All items are made in their shop using local reclaimed and salvaged wood and non-toxic finishes.  Their booth is on the right when you walk in the front door from N. Sheridan, directly across from Greenawalt's.  Preview some of the items carried at the market by visiting:

Visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.

Also,  check out the video about the market produced by Ths folks at East Liberty Development (ELDI).  It was directed and produced by local film maker Michael Pisano. So a great big thanks Michael and ELDI's Margaret Graham  for producing the video. So please check out the video and share it with others.

Here's the link:


The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is located at 344 North Sheridan Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot.  The market operates year round- and is open from 5 AM until 12 noon every Saturday of the year.